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Fellowship in Early Relational Health


2024 REMOTE COURSE in ERH Theories of Change


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Fellowship in early relational health


Join this exceptional and highly acclaimed hybrid training program designed to advance the quality of mental health services for infants and young children in the context of their earliest relationships.  Formerly at UMass Boston, the 2022-2024 UMass Chan Fellowship in Early Relational Health  has been redesigned in a hybrid format, including both in-person and remote-learning sessions, requiring 6 intensive four-day retreats in Worcester, MA, in addition to 10 interspersed remote learning weekends, over the course of 18 months. This part-time learning experience, including approximately 300 learning hours, supports professionals to integrate their learning into their current work settings. 

The mission of the program is to enhance the knowledge base of clinicians supporting society’s most vulnerable children and families, understanding innovative assessments and 2-generation interventions that improve the mental health and well-being of caregivers, and close the gap in young children’s development, providing resilience to overcome adversities from trauma, poverty, and systemic racism. Graduates frequently earn positions of leadership in their communities and systems of practice and have had incredible worldwide impact in community-based programs supporting at-risk children and families from birth, developed as a direct result of their participation in this Fellowship.   

Recognized internationally as the gold standard of training in the early relational health field, Fellows learn directly from Chief Faculty Ed Tronick and other world luminaries, who in the past have included Bruce Perry, Charles Zeanah, Joy Osofsky, Brenda Jones Harden, Beatrice Beebe, Peter Fonagy, Alicia Lieberman, George Downing, Arietta Slade, Alice Carter, Serena Wieder, Stephen Porges, Catherine Lord, Rachel Yehuda, Lynne Murray, Peter Cooper, Colwyn Trevarthen, and many more.  Moreover, Fellows are supported in the integration of their learning to their clinical practice/policy/educational settings by a dynamic interdisciplinary Core Faculty who guide and support Fellows throughout the program.

Open to a full range of interdisciplinary professionals, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, psychotherapists, educators, social workers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, policy advocates, and others working with young children 0-6 and their caregivers, Fellows benefit from the rich exchanges between a diverse group of professionals, all aiming to support early relational health.  The Fellowship attracts both mid-career and senior-level clinicians in each discipline from countries all around the world and across the United States and has consistently positioned participants in leadership positions within their scope of practice.